Despite Global Warming Alarmism, We’re Actually In An Extreme Weather Drought


Every time there’s extreme weather in the United States we get a round of clucking from the global warming alarmists about increasingly severe weather, etc., etc. The problem, though, is that a lot of the increases in volume and severity of weather has to do with the fact that we have better detection abilities, more news media and more development so that storms are more likely to cause damage to human settlements.

As Roger Pielke points out in the Wall Street Journal, we’re actually going through something of an extreme weather drought:

While it’s hardly mentioned in the media, the U.S. is currently in an extended and intense hurricane “drought.” The last Category 3 or stronger storm to make landfall was Wilma in 2005. The more than seven years since then is the longest such span in over a century.

Flood damage has decreased as a proportion of the economy since reliable records were first kept by the National Weather Service in the 1930s, and there is no evidence of increasing extreme river floods. Historic tornado damage (adjusted for changing levels of development) has decreased since 1950, paralleling a dramatic reduction in casualties. Although the tragic impacts of tornadoes in 2011 (including 553 confirmed deaths) were comparable only to those of 1953 and 1964, such tornado impacts were far more common in the first half of the 20th century.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that drought in America’s central plains has decreased in recent decades. And even when extensive drought occurs, we fare better. For example, the widespread 2012 drought was about 10% as costly to the U.S. economy as the multiyear 1988-89 drought, indicating greater resiliency of American agriculture.

There is therefore reason to believe we are living in an extended period of relatively good fortune with respect to disasters.

The thing about global warming is that it’s not so much a scientific movement as a political movement. Global warming is about scaring people into supporting “green” policies like heavy subsidies for “green energy” (which global warming alarmists like Al Gore just happen to be invested in heavily). That’s why they tie everything to global warming.

Tornado touch down? Global warming. Hurricane makes landfall? Global warming. And the only way to solve global warming is, of course, higher taxes and more government control over our lives and industry.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • robert108

    This is why the envirocrazies keep renaming thsir hoax. First, it was Global Cooling, where pollution from burning “fossil” fuels kept the sun’s heat from warming the Earth, resulting in catastrophic cooling. When that fell through, they picked Global Warming, which was caused by pollution from burning “fossil” fuels(sound familiar?) that produced so-called “greenhouse gases” which would cause catastrophic heating, thus barbecuing all life on the planet. Nothing happened with that one, so now they whine about “climate change’, so that any change in the weather gives them an opportunity to get on their soapbox and preach against all modern civilization, and to exhort us to return to the Stone Age, when everything was peachy, and the weather was always ideal, or something. SSDD.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Wow, nature is cyclical; who knew?

    • Snarkie

      Broad generalization. Can you give us some specific predictions generated by your maxim/rule-of-thumb?

      • Onslaught1066

        On November the 7th you’ll either be face down in the gutter from a glue overdose or dead.

        For the sake of mother earth, the less time you spend emitting CO2 the better.

        Is that specific enough or do choices confuse you?

        What a buttfuckle.

  • bobby

    despite folks saying it’s hotter, it’s hotter and drier. is that what you just said in your lead in? can you get paid by alaska, drop out of college, and then get paid by your government pension drawing dad as a snoop before he fires you and be an economist and right wing blogger, too? god bless consistancy.

    • sbark

      Well, at least we know his “history”………..much more than can be said about the guy the Left placed into the most powerful position in the world……..worry about his past history 1st, when you disclose that fully, then you’ll have a little cred’ to attack people who cannot start or pass govt actions against us.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    The only thing man made about AGW is the junk science behind it.

    • AV

      I don’t doubt that you’re an expert on junk-science.

      But leave the real-science to the grown-ups, you’re embarrassing yourself.

  • Albert Lickenspittle

    Anyone who is capable of reading does not have to look very far to figure out how Republican perceive science. Women will not get pregnant from rape? Just ask a Republican senator. Creationism, who cooked up and supported that shit, Republicans. Republicans come down on the wrong side of science every chance they get.

    • yy4u2

      All BS aside, were you the first one in your family to walk upright and/or catch on to potty training?

    • Doug

      Did you just imply that Creationism was cooked up by Republicans….? The same Creationism that was created in 7th Century BC?

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Dumb ass! Extreme droughts are also part of the global warming catastrophe.

    Rob, you are a fool!

    • Onslaught1066

      Then how do you explain all the rain New York got earlier this week?

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Sorry, there is no fixing stupid. Shedding information and light on subjects you aren’t smart enough to fathom is a waste of time.

        You are on your own, kid.

        • $8194357

          (Sorry, there is no fixing stupid. Shedding information and light on subjects you aren’t smart enough to fathom is a waste of time. You are on your own, kid.)

          Right back at you lemming…

          What “you” don’t know about the evils of socialism/communism and islam generations 1400 years before you right up to the present day had to learn the hard way…
          You are a FOOL TOOL FOR EVIL.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            WTF is wrong with you? Nobody supports Socialism/Communism or Islam. You are a retarded moron.

            Also, NY and NJ are flooding to the likes of something you have never seen in your lifetime, global warming denier.

            You are a fool. Not so much for evil, just for stupidity.

          • $8194357

            Your the blind fool kid…
            Retarded or blind…
            Both IMO after watching you interact here
            the last couple of years..

        • Onslaught1066

          If you can’t explain the rain, we all understand.

          You really are just too young and in need of a change, as your damp yellow stained boardies can attest, to try keeping up in the world of adult conversation, please run along home now, like a good little (short) fellow and continue bobbing for Tootsie Rolls™ in your sand box.

  • Doug

    Hi Rob, you selected a portion of the text that didn’t let everybody know that he admits humans do cause climate change. But anyways, I don’t think he has read a recent publishing (Oct 15th) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science titled “Homogeneous record of Atlantic hurricane surge threat since 1923″. Here is an excerpt from the Abstract, so it’s simple… “We find that warm years in general were more active in all cyclone size ranges than cold years. The largest cyclones are most affected by warmer conditions and we detect a statistically significant trend in the frequency of large surge events (roughly corresponding to tropical storm size) since 1923. In particular, we estimate that Katrina-magnitude events have been twice as frequent in warm years compared with cold years (P < 0.02)." Considering we are producing conditions of record warm seawater levels as well as raising the levels of seawater….well, I think he would have to reconsider his article.

  • Snarkie

    Yawn. Someone destroyed a straw man over at WSJ.